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Despite the ubiquitous nature of fish, many populations are declining due to industrial fishing practices of the 20th and 21st centuries.

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Shark Finning: Sharks Turned Prey

A fisherman holds a freshly cut dorsal fin from a scalloped hammerhead shark (Sphyrna lewini). Every year, humans kill an...

How Laws Around the World Help Improve Ocean Health

Solving environmental problems often starts with small groups of people working to make things better. But to sustain and scale up environmental successes often requires government support. The Ocean Portal has joined with Earthjustice...

Bite Size: Bull Shark Predation of Tarpon

Follow a journey with satellite tags placed on bull sharks and tarpon. Both of these large predatory fish are found in coastal in-shore ecosystems and the two species have similar diets. If given the...

2016 Living Oceans Foundation “Science Without Borders” Challenge

By June Greenstein The Khaled bin Sultan Living Oceans Foundation , an organization dedicated to the preservation of the ocean, hosts an annual student art competition—Science Without Borders. This year, the number of entries...
A bloom of moon jellies.

A Bloom of Moon Jellies

In recent years, blooms of jellyfish, such as these moon jellies ( Aurita aurita ) in the Chesapeake Bay, have become more common around the world for a number of different reasons . One...

What If There Were No Sharks?

What would happen if we let our fear of sharks lead people to kill them all? This is the question Joe Hanson asks in this video from PBS Digital Studios. Find out about how...
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There’s an App for That: Using Phones to Help Make Fishing Sustainable

Video of Linking Communities to Fisheries Science By Emily Frost There’s an app for everything these days. Many of our modern-day problems can be matched with modern-day technology. So, when looking at the issue...
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The Great Pacific Migration of Bluefin Tuna

The Pacific bluefin tuna are one of three bluefin species, including the Atlantic bluefin ( Thunnus thynnus) and the Southern bluefin ( Thunnus maccoyii) . Credit: NOAA Shortly after their first birthday, Pacific bluefin...

Cashes Ledge

Cashes Ledge is an underwater mountain range off the New England coast, which is home to a great diversity of life. Because the rocky and steep peaks almost reach the surface in some areas,...
Guests at Smithsonian's Natural History Museum's 2010 sustainable seafood event

Demystifying Seafood

Guests enjoy American wines and seafood at the Smithsonian's 2010 sustainable seafood event. Learn more about this year's event, Demystifying Seafood . Credit: Emily Hayes Photography Calling all fans of Bravo's "Top Chef" reality...

Ideas for Change

"We too are sea creatures," entreats ocean explorer Sylvia Earle in this beautiful short film, which calls for protecting the ocean and, in particular, for ending destructive fishing practices. It's estimated that we've lost...

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